2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 24, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Graduate Nursing

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Mary Minton, Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275
E-mail: SDSU.gradnursing@sdstate.edu



Kay Foland, Lori Hendrickx, Polly Hulme, MaryLou Mylant

Associate Professors

Linda Burdette, Paula Carson, Barbara Hobbs, Cynthia Elverson, Cristina Lammers, Heidi Mennenga, Mary Minton, Mary Kay Nissen, Thomas Stenvig, Jo Voss, Howard Wey

Assistant Professors

Alham Abuatiq, Robin Arends, Deborah Banik, Robin Brown, Victoria Britson, Nicole Gibson, Xiao (Linda) Kang, Anne Kvamme, Mary Isaacson, Sheryl Marckstadt, Robin Peterson-Lund, Cristina Plemmons


Sue Bassett, Carol Birch, Anne Buttolph, Erika Huber, Sandra Mordhorst, Elizabeth Pasquariello, Mary Vockrodt, Venita Winterboer


Anna Atteberry-Gustafson, Caitlyn Bosch, Eileen Bruner-Halverson, Nicole Carlson, Marie Cissell, Janice Conlee, Tiffany Cross, Julia Dangel, Karin Emery, Becka Foerster, Theresa Garren-Grubbs, Karla Hanson, MaryBeth Johnson, Ruth Klawiter, LeAnn Lamb, Sarah Mollman, Lyncee Monson, Jody Ness, Morgan Newman, Melody Parsons, Heidi Pelzel, Brandi Pravecek, Janice Schardin, Danielle Schievelbein, Penelyn Tilton, Dawn VanRuler, Alyssa Zweifel


Margaret Hegge, Sharon Hofland, Martha Iken, Coral Joffer, Roberta Olson


Nursing offers varied career choices, as reflected in the degree options offered at SDSU.  With a variety of degrees, specializations, and curriculum plans, the Department of Graduate Nursing has an option to fit your needs. Students who choose the graduate program gain valuable experience while they polish their leadership skills.

Students can earn a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree in four specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, and Clinical Nurse Leader.

For students with a previous Master’s degree three certificate options are available: Clinical Nurse Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator.

The options for nurses continue in the doctoral programs. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will prepare Advanced Practice Nurses to bring an innovative level of care and research skill to clinics that treat patients in rural and underserved communities. Students can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, or Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Dependent on the specialty, students may enter these programs with either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in nursing. 

Roles as researchers, faculty or administrators await students in the Ph.D. in Nursing program. This program is based in the belief that the study of nursing science can make significant contributions in health care.


Graduate Programs*

  • Nursing (M.S.) - Clinical Nurse Leader Specialization 
  • Nursing (M.S.) - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization
  • Nursing (M.S.) - Nurse Administrator Specialization
  • Nursing (M.S.) - Nurse Educator Specialization
  • Nursing (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) (Post Master to D.N.P. -  NPs, CRNAs, CNSs, and CNMs)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization - (Post Master to D.N.P.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization (B.S. to D.N.P.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) - Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialization (B.S. to D.N.P.) (in collaboration with University of Missouri - Columbia)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialization (B.S. to D.N.P.) (in collaboration with University of Missouri - Kansas City)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialization (B.S. to D.N.P.) (in collaboration with University of Missouri - Columbia)
  • Clinical Nurse Leadership Certificate
  • Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Post Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and APRN certificate programs at South Dakota State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Facilities & Services

The College of Nursing has state of the art Simulation Labs that enables educators to enhance the quality and delivery of rural nursing education. Simulation provides an opportunity for nursing students to practice nursing care with a variety of patients and patient scenarios. The high-technology simulation setting allows students practice in the areas of electronic health records, informatics, and tele-health.

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